December

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Today in labor history: Starving farmers demand food

In the depths of the Great Depression, some 500 farmers marched into the town of England, Ark., to demand food for their starving families.

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Today in Labor History: Miners' union formed

It was the first attempt to found a national miner's union.

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Today in Labor History: Picketing declared unconstitutional

On this day in 1921 the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice William Howard  Taft, declared that picketing was unconstitutional.

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Today in Labor History: Greyhound strike ends

On this day in 1983, a 47-day strike against Greyhound by its workers, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union, ended.

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Today in labor history: Farm workers on trial

On this day in 1830, the trial of nearly 350 agricultural workers began in England.

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Today in labor history: FDR lifts internment of Japanese Americans

President Roosevelt lifted the "military-necessary exclusion" of Japanese Americans from the West Coast, marking the beginning of the end of a shameful chapter of U.S. history.

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Today in labor history: Samuel Gompers dies at the age of 74

Gompers died December 13, 1924. He served as president of the American Federation of Labor from 1886 to 1894 and from 1895 to his death.

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Today in Labor History: First ever sit-down strike

On this day in 1906, the first ever sit-down strike in American history took place at the General Electric plant in Schenectady, N.Y.

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Today in labor history: Steam boiler operators unionize

Canadian workers joined the union a year after it was formed, at which point it came to be called the International Union of Steam Engineers.

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Today in labor history: Black workers form national union

African American delegates met in Washington, D.C., to form the Colored National Labor Union.

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